Program Mission & Objectives
The Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics is dedicated to preparing entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are able to meet the challenges of the healthcare environment by providing person-centered care, evidence-informed practice delivered as an interprofessional team approach with cultural competence.
PROGRAM GOALS/OBJECTIVES* [ACEND Application Required Element 8.3b]
Goal 1. The MSAND program will prepare graduates to become competent entry- level registered dietitian nutritionists.
Objective 1.1a. At least 80% of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
Objective 1.1b. At least 80% of part-time program graduates complete the program within 5 years (150% of the program length)
Objective 1.2. At least 80% of program graduates take the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
Objective 1.3. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
Goal 2. The MSAND program will prepare graduates with the skills necessary to effectively practice in nutrition-specific industries and businesses in private and public sectors designed to meet emerging healthcare needs.
Objective 2.1. Of employed MSAND graduates who respond to a survey, at least 80% will rate themselves as prepared or very well prepared (>3 on a 4-point scale) for their first dietetics-related position.
Objectives 2.2. Of graduates who seek employment, at least 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
Objective 2.3. Of employers responding to a survey, at least 80% will rate their satisfaction as satisfied or highly satisfied (>3 on a 4-point scale) with the preparation of program graduates for entry-level practice.
Goal 3. The MSAND program will produce graduates who recognize the importance of ongoing professional development to benefit and serve society.
Objective 3.1. Of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey, at least 80% will report being a member of a professional organization.
Objective 3.2. Of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey, at least 90% will report actively seeking current research findings for application in their practice.
Objective 3.3. Of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey, at least 50% will report actively seeking specialty certification in nutrition/dietetics or a related field.
* Program outcomes data are available upon request. [ACEND Application Required Element 8.3c]